The thuggish only son of Duke Torlion Gillibran, Torlen studied the arcance arts at the Blackcloack Academy. A bully by nature, he made a name for himself duelling with other students at the slightest opportunity, using the official laws of magical challenge to prevent the fellows of the academy complaining too much. The money his father paid into the academy as a sweetener probably helped also.
His favourite tactic was to bribe a man called Callow, one of the senior challenge seconds (officials employed by the Academy to ensure the rules were kept properly), to give a drug to his opponent prior to the spell combat.
His unopposed chain of victories was broken by Drakar, and many of the students of the Academy are very glad of it.